The primary goal of the CTHB is to promote the health of trees native to South Africa through the use of biotechnology. To accomplish this, CTHB projects typically consider the pathogens and pests that are associated with native trees and woody hosts. The CTHB also explores the possible effects that factors such as climate change, society, natural forest health and plant genetics may have on the health of native woody resources and ecosystems.

The CTHB is hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria. Within FABI it is intimately linked to the Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP), a research programme that has a track record of more than two decades in dealing with the pests and diseases of commercially important forestry species.

The CTHB is structured as a virtual Centre of Excellence that conducts scientific research via a collaborative network, with the node of the network represented by researchers at UP. In addition to the UP group, this network involves researchers and their postgraduate students from other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. These institutions include the Agricultural Research Council, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, University of the Free State and Rhodes University.

New Publications

Exporting to RIS
Pavlic-Zupanc D, Wingfield MJ, Boissin E, Slippers B. (2015) The distribution of genetic diversity in the Neofusicoccum parvum/N. ribis complex suggests structure correlated with level of disturbance. Fungal Ecology 13:93-102. 10.1016/j.funeco.2014.09.002
Rodas CA, Serna R, Hurley BP, Bolaños MD, Granados GM, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Three new and important insect pests recorded for the first time in Colombian plantations. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science 10.2989/20702620.2014.965983
Romón P, De Beer ZW, Fernández M, Diez J, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2014) Ophiostomatoid fungi including two new fungal species associated with pine root-feeding beetles in northern Spain. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-014-0286-1
Osorio JA, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2014) A review of factors associated with decline and death of mangroves, with particular reference to fungal pathogens. South African Journal of Botany 10.1016/j.sajb.2014.08.010

FABI Events

2014-10-23 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: David Read
Mashudu Nxumalo - Description of legume-nodulating Burkholderia: past, present and future
Caryn Oates - The structure and composition of the Leptocybe-induced gall
Ntwanano Maluleke - Isolation and identification of blackleg/soft rot causing bacteria using multiplex PCR
Gloria Mukwirimba - A survey of the brassica vegetables grown by smallholder farmers in Gauteng province, Waterberg district in Limpopo province and seed-borne diseases encountered
Edgar Mangwende - Seed-borne fungi associated with herb seeds and their effect on germination
2014-10-24 08h00-16h00 TPCP/CTHB Tree Planting Session FABI nursery on the experimental farm

All students please come and help to plant some trees at the FABI facilities on the experimental farm. Pizzas & soda for free!

2014-10-30 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Kavani Sanasi - Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with pine-infesting bark beetles in Guatemala
Robert Backer - Identification and analysis of the NPR1-like gene family from Persea americana (Mill.)
Stephanie van Wyk - Diverse origins of genes associated with growth QTL in Fusarium circinatum
Palesa Madupe - Draft genome assembly and annotation of Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum isolate from Eucalyptus grandis